2017 was an exciting year for me. I made no less than five exhibitions this year, and showed several new works that feels important to me. Also I got a big grant from BKV (Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond), and sold some works, including three works to USA. To pack and ship those were a good learning process.
I had three works (Distal Object series) at this years edition of Hanan Benammars Winters Solstice. It was a really nice event as usual. My friend Magnus Sjöbleke, who I met when we were studying at Gerlesborgskolan i Stockholm, was visiting me and also participating.
The gallery was very big with two large rooms. I exhibited a collection of works from the last year. There were a focus on my work dealing with political issues around migration in Europe. I was very happy to get to exhibit the big Lesvos work again. The Three No's were also exhibited though I couldn't show them together.
I was invited by Rami Maktabi to do a show at his gallery in Fredrikstad. It was a good collaboration and Rami helped me a lot and made gave very good advice in how to install the work. It was a great opening and I'm very happy with how the exhibition turned out.
I exhibited together with ceramics Kjersti Teigen and Lene Tori Obel Bugge. I called my part Twelve Stars after the main piece. The opening was well visited and a choir from the nearby university entertained. I sold two paintings and met an old friend, Magnus Sjöbleke who came all the way from Halmstad with his girlfriend...
Tenthaus Oslo curated a show called Ingenmannsland (No Mans Land) with Johan Urban Berqvist/Count Pukebeard, Aleksander Johan Andreassen and me. My part was the triptych The Three No's. It deals with psychological and political resistance in the face of abuse or oppression. Read my artistic statement here.
At the annual board meeting of Nesodden art association me and Ruta Pakarklyte was invited to talk about our work. It was a good experience with an interested audience, and useful practice for me. There were wine and snacks afterwards. We even got paid.
The main pieces in my show was relating to migration politics in Europe. Read my artistic statement here.
The gallery was located in an old water tower at Nesodden, a short boat ride from Oslo. The rooms had had an unusual architecture with rounded walls, and it was interesting to install my works there. Sculpture Ruta Pakar...
I was invited by Siri Austeen and CAN (CONCERNED ARTISTS NORWAY) to do a short talk and show a work at a one-day event in the public library in Oslo - Deichmannske. I know Siri since she did a project called MUE (Mobil Utstillings Enhet) at the Academy in Trondheim while I was studying there, and in which I participated. W...